Ion Audio iCade Mobile

65
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65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Ion iCade Mobile and iCade Core review

Summary

The newest iCade accessories don't have the same retro flair as older models, but they're nonetheless fun and straightforward to use.

Pros
  • Fun to useBoth devices work as promised More portable than previous Ion offerings
Cons
  • Chintzy build qualityLimited game selection for the iCade MobileNeither product is much to look at
Ion iCade Mobile and iCade Core review

The iCade Arcade Cabinet famously began life as an April Fool's joke, pulling the video game equivalent of Pinocchio by transforming in a real salable product. The $100 arcade machine-shaped iPad enclosure / controller hit the sweet spot between functionality and retro gaming nostalgia, proving successful enough that Ion found itself with a solid reason to expand the line. Notable amongst the new arrivals are the iCade Core, which offers up the same feature set as the original iCade in a more portable joystick form, and the iCade Mobile, a re-imagining of the product as an oversized iPhone case. The Core carries the same price tag as its predecessor, while the Mobile clocks in at $20 less. So, are these additions worthy of the iCade name? Or would the line have been better served as a one-off? Insert a coin and find out after the break. Update: Unfortunately, we were provided with incorrect information ahead of the review -- the iCade Core is actually priced at $80, same as the iCade Mobile.

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Breakdown

Accuracy / responsiveness
7.6
Ergonomics / comfort
7.0
Durability
6.5
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Specs

iCade

Type
Controller / gamepad
Connection
Wireless
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Specs

iCade

Type
Controller / gamepad
Connection
Wireless
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